Bibi Bakare-Yusuf co-founded the publishing house Cassava Republic.

Nnedi Okorafor and Cassava Republic co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf are among the speakers for the TED Global 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. The 38-strong list also includes the lexicographer Yvonne Chioma Mbanefo, whose Okowaokwu Igbo Umuaka : Igbo Dictionary for Children became an Amazon bestseller a day after publication, alongside a formidable crop of thinkers in such fields as technology, business and creative arts.

Much-honoured science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor.

A winner of the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the World Fantasy Award, Nnedi Okorafor, who was Brittle Paper‘s 2015 Literary Person of the Year, currently has her novel, Who Fears Death, being adapted to TV by HBO, to be produced by Game of Thrones author, George R.R. Martin. A week ago, Entertainment Weekly named her on a power list of top sci-fi and fantasy authors.

See the full TED Global 2017 speakers HERE.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young’s writing has been shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award, and nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in Transition (“A Tenderer Blessing,” 2015), The Threepenny Review (“Mulumba,” 2016), and Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), an anthology of The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His work further appears in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays, Africa in Dialogue, and Brittle Paper, where he is submissions editor. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series: a sequence of concept-based e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (Oct., 2016) focuses on cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017) focuses on professions. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently teaches English at another Nigerian university. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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